June 2024      

The last few months were busy as we prepared for the Grand Opening service of Sand Hills Baptist in LaVernia (San Antonio), TX. The core group moved from the pastor’s house to a day care center and officially voted to become a local church. It was thrilling to see a young mom receive Christ weeks before the Grand Opening. She came to church because friends she worked with prayed for her and invited her to the services. Could this be the best way to reach our neighbors?

To prepare for the April 21 Grand Opening we:

  • hung thousands of welcome packets on doors (and barbed wire fences) of LaVernia neighborhoods (“Jump over that red ant mound; smile and wave bye to that rattlesnake; don’t step in that whatever it is.”)
  • mailed many postcards to homes through Every Door Direct Mail.
  • worked on the facility, installed a church sign, and organized refreshments.
  • listened to “Small Talk”, my mini-seminar that offers hints for greeting strangers with a goal of making a friend connection.
  • prayed together and asked God to send needy souls to church.

God sent 45 excited folks to the Grand Opening on April 21! Pastor Anthony Green, as usual, was upbeat and enthusiastic about the crowd and the prospects for the future of Sand Hills Baptist. The greatest blessing of the day was the preaching of the Word of God. But it was also nice that someone put a check for $50,000 in the offering box. God knows all about the future needs of His kids (Phil. 4:19).

In the crowd was a wonderful answer to prayer–an experienced song leader who will soon join the church and serve God there! Since the Grand Opening, two new families have joined the church. Two weeks after the Grand Opening, we rejoiced as a young man was baptized in his backyard swimming pool. Pray for the Green family and the pioneer adventurers who are planting Sand Hills. Fields are white and God is able!

While we were in Texas, Claudia enjoyed speaking to the ladies of Sand Hills and trekking to CA and PA to speak at women’s retreats.

Please pray as we:

  • continue to write and edit (Claudia’s new Bible study book on the Providence of God; my book of daily devotions).
  • have several speaking open doors this summer.
  • continue to produce weekly radio broadcasts.
  • prepare for our fall ministry project.

Thank you for praying! We are constantly encouraged by your prayers and input.

Dave and Claudia